Guardian clippings

Here’s a whole load of the articles I’m interested in (and will, sometime, get around to reading), because The Guardian stopped the Clippings service in June 2012, without having an alternative in place (and still no alternative).

This is the easiest way I can find to have easily accessible links to the articles I have already clipped. I thought I had saved them on the PC, but when I went to look for them, there was nothing. Luckily, the whole list is still on The Guardian’s site, and now saved here, too.

TV review: The Secret History Of Our Streets: Deptford; EastEnders

7 Jun 2012:

This wonderful film traced the history of Deptford High Street from market stalls to wrecking balls, writes Lucy Mangan

Clipped on 12 June 2012

Disabled people have become a political force to be reckoned with

30 May 2012:

We should care that Liam Byrne is talking about disabled people as though we are human beings, even if it’s only now that we’ve made it politically viable for him

Clipped on 10 June 2012

DWP ‘did not do enough to stop fraud among welfare-to-work companies’

16 May 2012:

National Audit Office finds Department for Work and Pensions knew risk of fraud but did not introduce checks

Clipped on 23 May 2012

London’s vulnerable families will not benefit from being forced to move north

24 Apr 2012:

Lynsey Hanley: It’s ludicrous to make Newham council shift people on benefits to areas where there is no work

Clipped on 24 April 2012

Newham’s housing crisis is a warning sign

24 Apr 2012:

Campbell Robb: The London borough’s plea for Stoke on Trent to take tenants is indicative of a risky cocktail of pressures in the housing market

Clipped on 24 April 2012

Peak District ‘mass trespass’ to highlight dangers of new planning laws

24 Apr 2012:

Thousands of ramblers expected to attend inaugural rally recognising how law-breaking led to free access to countryside

Clipped on 24 April 2012

Caitlin Moran’s feminist handbook: Panel verdict

20 Jun 2011:

Laurie Penny, Selma James, Zohra Moosa and Bella Mackie: Feminism should be as exciting as rock’n’roll, says Moran. Four writers share their views on her book, How to Be a Woman

Clipped on 24 April 2012

Me and my data: how much do the internet giants really know?

23 Apr 2012:

James Ball discovered the information Google and Facebook hold on him is disturbing and creepy, but also comforting

Clipped on 24 April 2012

Walled gardens look rosy for Facebook, Apple – and would-be censors

18 Apr 2012:

In part three of our series, how the rise of app stores and social networks is making the way we use the net cleaner, easier and far more controllable. By Charles Arthur

Clipped on 17 April 2012

Wolfson economics prize: 11-year-old Dutch boy makes surprise entry

4 Apr 2012:

An 11-year-old boy from the Netherlands has joined the chorus of people calling for Greece to leave the euro in a surprise entry for the lucrative Wolfson economics prize

Clipped on 3 April 2012

My worst shot

27 Mar 2012:

Photographers are generally proud to show off their best shots, but what about their worst? Jane Bown, Martin Parr, Terry O’Neill and others reveal all

Clipped on 30 March 2012

Housing on the minimum wage: how many hours would you have to work?

19 Mar 2012:

How affordable is housing in England if you’re working on the minimum wage? We’ve mapped the number of hours you would have to work each week just to afford the rent for a one bedroom flat

Clipped on 29 March 2012

Who really killed Hilda Murrell?

21 Mar 2012:

Michael Mansfield: New evidence about the bizarre nature of her killing lends weight to her nephew’s demands for the case to be reopened

Clipped on 28 March 2012

Hilda Murrell murder: call to examine ‘MI5 link’ to murder of nuclear activist

18 Mar 2012:

Michael Mansfield QC wants to know what intelligence services knew about killing of anti-nuclear activist Hilda Murrell in 1984

Clipped on 28 March 2012

Sinéad O’Connor: ‘I define success differently’

2 Mar 2012:

From her public search for a husband to attempted suicide and hospitalisation, the Irish singer has had a turbulent year even by her own standards

Clipped on 2 March 2012

Welfare reform: Lords defeat government proposals

12 Jan 2012:

A hatrick of defeats on welfare benefits for the government in the Lords – so what happens next?

Clipped on 21 January 2012

Once upon a life: Jeanette Winterson

13 Jun 2010:

In 2005, Jeanette Winterson was targeted by a coffee chain that wanted to open a store in her restored Georgian townhouse in Spitalfields, east London. But rather than selling out, the award-winning author decided to play them at their own game – and open a very different kind of shop

Clipped on 12 January 2012

Orange prize ‘grimness’ is not the fault of women novelists

18 Mar 2010:

Jean Hannah Edelstein: Daisy Goodwin’s complaints about the supposed joylessness of Orange prize contenders might have been better directed at publishers

Clipped on 28 December 2011

Joyce Carol Vincent: How could this young woman lie dead and undiscovered for almost three years?

9 Oct 2011:

When film-maker Carol Morley read that the skeleton of a young woman had been found in a London bedsit, she knew she had to find out more

Clipped on 16 December 2011

The truth about sleeping with baby

16 Oct 2009:

Sarah Boseley: has the research on mothers co-sleeping with their babies been badly misinterpreted?

Clipped on 14 October 2011

Amanda Knox: What’s in a face?

8 Oct 2011:

Amanda Knox was convicted of murder and her reputation sullied around the world, in large part because of her facial expressions and demeanour. Her story reveals how our instincts about others can be dangerously superficial, writes Ian Leslie

Clipped on 8 October 2011

Planning reform to scrap targets for affordable social housing

2 Oct 2011:

Proposed changes will play into the hands of greedy developers, say conservation groups

Clipped on 2 October 2011

Nancy Wake obituary

9 Aug 2011:

SOE agent during the second world war nicknamed ‘the White Mouse’ by the Gestapo

Clipped on 9 August 2011

Nicky Campbell: My family values

30 Apr 2011:

The TV and radio presenter talks about his family

Clipped on 8 July 2011

Beautiful youth

26 Jul 2003:

Rereading: Carol Shields on Muriel Spark’s warnings in The Girls of Slender Means – and why she missed them first time around

Clipped on 2 July 2011

Solidarity is a virtue

25 Jun 2011:

John Sentamu: The ‘big society’ cannot work unless we see value in everyone, and ease the burden on the poorest

Clipped on 26 June 2011

Why is feminism still so afraid to focus on its flaws?

16 Jun 2011:

Deborah Orr: Feminism forbids women from admitting too many self-evident truths for fear that the utterance of them will encourage discrimination

Clipped on 16 June 2011

Girls, pick your bedtime reading with care

5 Jun 2011:

Saints and rebels, mavericks and misfits… these are the role models of literature. But Samantha Ellis asks whether she learned the right lessons from their passionate and tortured lives

Clipped on 6 June 2011

The Naipaul test: Can you tell an author’s sex?

2 Jun 2011:

VS Naipaul has claimed that ‘I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not.’ Find out if you do, too, with this test

Clipped on 6 June 2011

Arundhati Roy: ‘They are trying to keep me destabilised. Anybody who says anything is in danger’

6 Jun 2011:

The Booker prize-winning novelist on her political activism in India, why she no longer condemns violent resistance – and why it doesn’t matter if she never writes a second novel

Clipped on 6 June 2011

Finding closure

2 Oct 2004:

Carrie O’Grady is haunted by family tragedies in Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories.

Clipped on 6 June 2011

Twitter unmasks anonymous British user in landmark legal battle

30 May 2011:

California court forces site to reveal personal details of user accused of libelling local authority in north-east England

Clipped on 30 May 2011

Act your age – or your shoe size?

21 May 2011:

Age-appropriate: it’s a very modern buzzword. But what happens when you don’t suit your years? Christa D’Souza (50 going on 15) and Lucy Mangan (born 35) report

Clipped on 22 May 2011

How to spot a psychopath

21 May 2011:

From Broadmoor to boardroom, they’re everywhere, says Jon Ronson, in an exclusive extract from his new book

Clipped on 21 May 2011

Niall Ferguson: ‘Westerners don’t understand how vulnerable freedom is’

20 Feb 2011:

Niall Ferguson is one of the world’s leading historians, but his pro-colonial views have been heavily criticised. Here, he tells William Skidelsky why he’s now targeting a younger audience

Clipped on 18 May 2011

10 years of the iPod

18 Mar 2011:

It’s 10 years since Apple’s original iPod shuffled on to the scene, changing the way we listen to and buy music for good. But could it soon be time to hang up our white headphones?

Clipped on 21 March 2011

A case for no win, no fee

8 Mar 2011:

Hardeep Singh: In libel cases such as mine no win, no fee agreements are the only way to defend yourself against a party with deeper pockets

Clipped on 9 March 2011

Millionaire creator of Lake District attraction dies in helicopter crash

10 Mar 2011:

Mark Weir took about 60,000 visitors a year on guided tours of passages and caves and restarted production of local slate

Clipped on 9 March 2011

Welfare bill ‘penalises cancer patients’

9 Mar 2011:

Group of 30 charities has written to Iain Duncan Smith to warn reforms will plunge thousands of sick people into poverty

Clipped on 9 March 2011

World Book Night 2011

3 Mar 2011:

The first ever World Book Night is being held on Saturday, with 1m free books being given away. Have a browse through the titles on offer

Clipped on 6 March 2011

The great books giveaway

5 Mar 2011:

To mark World Book Night, 45 celebrated writers tell us which books they give as gifts and which they’ve been most pleased to receive.

Clipped on 6 March 2011

New disability test ‘is a complete mess’, says expert

23 Feb 2011:

Welfare reform expert Professor Paul Gregg says a rushed roll out of the work capability assessment will cause more anguish

Clipped on 24 February 2011

Revealed: how energy firms spy on environmental activists

15 Feb 2011:

Leaked documents show how three large British energy companies have been paying private security firm to monitor activists

Clipped on 15 February 2011

Liberal bias: science writing’s elephant in the room?

13 Feb 2011:

Does the lack of political diversity among science writers and bloggers risk alienating large portions of the public?

Clipped on 15 February 2011

Readers’ tips: literary locations

24 Dec 2010:

From a beat cafe in San Francisco to Robert Louis Stevenson’s burial ground, Been there readers share the muse – the top two tips win a Sony Reader

Clipped on 25 December 2010

I accused my husband of rape. I was locked up – and he was set free

27 Nov 2010:

Exclusive: Sarah said she suffered years of abuse from her brutal partner. But when she reported it to the police, the tables were turned on her and she lost her freedom and her children

Clipped on 30 November 2010

Enough is Enough: How to Build a New Republic by Fintan O’Toole – review

21 Nov 2010:

Fintan O’Toole’s manifesto for a new Ireland impresses Sean O’Hagan

Clipped on 24 November 2010

The Female Eunuch 40 years on

28 Oct 2010:

Laurie Penny: Germaine Greer’s ferocious polemic remains an inspiration, but should not be read as holy writ

Clipped on 24 November 2010

Charities condemn plans to reform council home tenancies

23 Nov 2010:

Government announces radical package of measures allowing local authorities to offer council homes on short-term lets rather than for life, and giving authorities the powers to shuffle the homeless to areas outside borough limits

Clipped on 22 November 2010

Any Human Heart: William Boyd on telling the story of the 20th century

21 Nov 2010:

Author William Boyd tells Elizabeth Day how he wove together fact and fiction to create the novel’s hero, Logan Mountstuart

Clipped on 21 November 2010

What’s in a name? Sometimes, a cash lump sum

17 Nov 2010:

Sarah Ditum: Choosing whether or not to keep your maiden name after marriage is tricky – but hedging your bets can be even trickier

Clipped on 16 November 2010

Happiness index to gauge Britain’s national mood

15 Nov 2010:

Despite ‘nervousness’, David Cameron wants measure of wellbeing to steer government policy

Clipped on 15 November 2010

The trouble with ME

14 May 2010:

We mark ME awareness week with a report on the latest research into chronic fatigue syndrome – and the controversy that surrounds the subject

Clipped on 18 October 2010

The Victorians knew a thing or two about benefit cheats

2 Sep 2010:

David Cameron promised an uncompromising clampdown on benefit fraud, but what does this actually mean for communities?

Clipped on 18 October 2010

Sick, mad or bad?

16 Nov 2007:

Ann Robinson: The Nice guidelines on ME have come under fire. Maybe I’m missing something, but I just can’t see what’s wrong with them

Clipped on 15 October 2010

I’ve got ME, I’m not a benefits cheat

27 Aug 2010:

Jayne Austin: The DWP’s Orwellian-style work capability assessment forces people like me to work when they are not fit enough

Clipped on 15 October 2010

Surviving ME

18 Sep 2007:

Rose Perkins explains what it has been like living with ME for the last seven years

Clipped on 15 October 2010

We disabled people aren’t shirkers

11 Oct 2010:

Alice Maynard: People like me want to contribute fully, but the cuts could push us into lifelong joblessness

Clipped on 10 October 2010

TV review: The Road to Coronation Street

17 Sep 2010:

Sam Wollaston on last night’s TV: BBC4 screens a Coronation Street tribute – starring Kat Slater from EastEnders

Clipped on 27 September 2010

I was wrong about veganism. Let them eat meat – but farm it properly

7 Sep 2010:

George Monbiot: The ethical case against eating animal produce once seemed clear. But a new book is an abattoir for dodgy arguments

Clipped on 27 September 2010

Forget Richard and Judy, join the Not the TV Book club

5 Feb 2010:

Alison Flood: Never mind Channel 4’s naff effort, the Not the TV Book Group is the place to go for real book lovers

Clipped on 16 September 2010

The Books That Made Me: Penelope Lively

27 Aug 2010:

From ancient Greece to early 20th-century Europe, the Booker prize-winning novelist Penelope Lively talks to Claire Armitstead about the books that shaped her literary life

Clipped on 6 September 2010

AS Byatt: ‘I don’t believe in God. I believe in Wallace Stevens’

25 Aug 2010:

At this year’s Edinburgh international book festival to discuss her novel, The Children’s Book, AS Byatt spoke to Charlotte Higgins about religion, reality, her hatred of diaries and why she is eager for someone to write a novel about the discourse of Facebook and Twitter

Clipped on 6 September 2010

The books that send me back to school

7 Sep 2010:

Alison Flood: It’s the start of another school year and I’m dreaming of new pencil cases, satchels and the books I read in class. But what are the books you remember from your own school days?

Clipped on 6 September 2010

Sitting, lying or standing: what’s the pole position for reading?

2 Sep 2010:

Alison Flood: AbeBooks wonder if it’s weird to read lying on your stomach. The answer is yes: everyone knows the side is best. Don’t they?

Clipped on 2 September 2010

Blonde and proud

12 Nov 2000:

Can a slave to her hair colour really judge a literary prize and present Panorama? Mariella Frostrup reflects on her year of sexism and success.

Clipped on 1 September 2010

Novel approach: reading courses as an alternative to prison

21 Jul 2010:

In Texas, offenders are being sent on reading courses instead of prison. Could it work in the UK?

Clipped on 1 September 2010

Sticking the world together with words

15 Jul 2010:

The novelist introduces an excerpt from his new memoir with a meditation on the fragile building blocks of our lived experience

Clipped on 1 September 2010

Lucy Mangan: Heaven knows I’m miserable now

10 Apr 2010:

And so would you be if misery memoirs were your reading of choice. What, pray, is the point of them? Come to think of it, do they have a point at all?

Clipped on 30 August 2010

The storyseller

1 Sep 1998:

Interview: Maeve Binchy

Clipped on 30 August 2010

Let’s help a prison blogger do a PhD

28 Aug 2010:

Paul Sagar: Ben Gunn has more than served his time and struggled against the system to study for a PhD. Now he needs our help

Clipped on 28 August 2010

Rose Tremain’s rules for writers

23 Feb 2010:

We asked some of the most esteemed contemporary authors for any golden rules they bring to their writing practice. Here are Rose Tremain’s

Clipped on 25 August 2010

Trespass by Rose Tremain

6 Mar 2010:

Rose Tremain’s latest novel is a cautionary tale, says Alex Clark

Clipped on 25 August 2010

Coal-fired power stations win reprieve

16 Aug 2010:

Exclusive: Government’s decision to put pollution standards ‘on hold’ raises possibility of dirtiest coal plants going ahead

Clipped on 16 August 2010

We can cut emissions while conserving our landscapes and ecosystems

17 Aug 2010:

Dustin Benton: Fighting climate change is not only about energy – it’s about how we want our landscapes to look, work and be worked

Clipped on 16 August 2010

We can cut emissions while conserving our landscapes and ecosystems

17 Aug 2010:

Dustin Benton: Fighting climate change is not only about energy – it’s about how we want our landscapes to look, work and be worked

Clipped on 16 August 2010

Labour and Tories back clock change to give extra hour of daylight

28 Mar 2010:

Both parties believe new timekeeping system would have major benefits despite traditional opposition from Scotland

Clipped on 15 August 2010

Chris Grayling defends plan to use credit rating agencies to help catch benefit cheats

11 Aug 2010:

Government should be free to use information that is publicly available and already used by commercial organisations, says welfare minister

Clipped on 10 August 2010

Suzy Lamplugh case gets new lead as potential witness comes forward

11 Aug 2010:

Estate agent who vanished in 1986 was officially declared dead in 1994, but tip-off tells police to search near army base

Clipped on 10 August 2010

This austerity budget acts as a woman-seeking missile

8 Aug 2010:

Ruth Sunderland: Women losing jobs is not a feminist issue: it will affect millions

Clipped on 8 August 2010

Lib Dem discontent as Simon Hughes attacks Cameron’s plan to introduce fixed-tenure council houses

5 Aug 2010:

Liberal Democrat deputy leader says his party would need a lot of persuading to back ‘radical’ idea

Clipped on 4 August 2010

Casual sexism is nothing but misogyny

30 Jul 2010:

You can spot a woman-hater by the language they use

Clipped on 2 August 2010

A life in books

5 Sep 2009:

William Trevor: ‘I would use anything in order to tell a story, anything at all to make the story work’

Clipped on 31 July 2010

Are iPad owners horrible? Shock horror, it depends on your point of view

31 Jul 2010:

The research company behind a study casting iPad users as a ‘selfish elite’ has conceded its conclusions are subjective

Clipped on 30 July 2010

Audrey Niffenegger on Highgate Cemetery

3 Oct 2009:

Audrey Niffenegger set her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, in Highgate Cemetery and loved it so much she became an official guide

Clipped on 23 July 2010

If you’re single, shut up and enjoy it

20 Jun 2010:

Victoria Coren: You don’t have to be alone these days, but if it makes you unhappy, stop being so picky

Clipped on 4 July 2010

Italy’s meltdown over EU Nutella ban that never was

3 Jul 2010:

Warning from Ferrero boss Francesco Paolo Fulci spreads panic about nation’s favourite indulgence

Clipped on 3 July 2010

Why should I again prove my disability to satisfy George Osborne?

24 Jun 2010:

Rhydian Fôn James: The disability living allowance treats us as ordinary people with some extra needs. Spare me talk of a focus on ‘genuine’ cases

Clipped on 24 June 2010

Do you hate football and want to help the poor? Take up gambling

20 Jun 2010:

David Mitchell: The living hell that is the World Cup can drive a man to desperate measures

Clipped on 20 June 2010

Thanks, Fiona, for giving women another bum deal

20 Jun 2010:

Catherine Bennett: From the Rear of the Year to the Scottish Parliament, it’s been a bad week to be a self-respecting woman

Clipped on 20 June 2010

The internet: Everything you ever need to know

20 Jun 2010:

In spite of all the answers the internet has given us, its full potential to transform our lives remains the great unknown. Here are the nine key steps to understanding the most powerful tool of our age – and where it’s taking us

Clipped on 20 June 2010

Student complaints about universities rise steeply

15 Jun 2010:

Student complaints have risen 37% in two years. Do they expect too much these days, or are universities letting them down?

Clipped on 15 June 2010

How to survive as an independent bookshop

15 Jun 2010:

They face increasing competition, but as Independent Booksellers Week begins, there is room for optimism, finds Alison Flood

Clipped on 15 June 2010

Google investigated by Australian police over Wi-Fi data collection

7 Jun 2010:

Google’s legal problems intensify as it emerges that the company faces a police investigation in Australia, the latest in a growing number of countries concerned about Google Street View

Clipped on 6 June 2010

Cumbria shootings are not just ‘inexplicable’

4 Jun 2010:

Jeremy Seabrook: The media like to repeat the line that we’ll never know the reason for the shootings. But such events don’t occur in a vacuum

Clipped on 5 June 2010

Hay’s unmissable (if you can get there…)

30 May 2010:

Britain’s foremost literary festival kicked off this weekend with literary stars serving up something for every taste

Clipped on 30 May 2010

Longtailed tit chicks form a long queue for dinner

29 May 2010:

Camera catches large brood waiting patiently on branch for mother to feed them at West Yorkshire nature reserve

Clipped on 28 May 2010

Coalition government sets out radical welfare reforms

27 May 2010:

Work and pensions secretary says benefits system is ‘bust’ and many people who take jobs are viewed as ‘morons’

Clipped on 27 May 2010

Do women leaders have to be childless fortysomethings?

24 May 2010:

Jackie Ashley: Not one female former cabinet minister entered Labour’s leadership race. But in London Oona King is bringing diversity

Clipped on 24 May 2010

Naseer-Khan terrorism case means dilemma and compromise for coalition – welcome to government

20 May 2010:

Michael White: Virulently against control orders when in opposition, Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne may now be reading files on terrorism that make them slump head in hands. Such are the realities of power

Clipped on 19 May 2010

Should the police decide whether to charge criminal suspects?

19 May 2010:

Just when prosecutors had almost convinced us that they are best placed to make charging decisions, the Conservative give the powers back to the police. But is it for the best?

Clipped on 19 May 2010

Victory for Singh, again

18 May 2010:

Simon Singh: My namesake’s case is a timely reminder. Ken Clarke must honour that pledge to reform libel law

Clipped on 17 May 2010

Gizmodogate: court papers reveal new details on stolen iPhone 4G

14 May 2010:

Roommate of person who sold iPhone prototype to Gizmodo called Apple because of her fears it would track her down

Clipped on 15 May 2010

Google admits collecting Wi-Fi data through Street View cars

15 May 2010:

German request for data audit reveals the web giant ‘accidentally’ stored payload information from open networks

Clipped on 15 May 2010

Electoral reform: the alternative vote, AV plus and single transferable vote explained

10 May 2010:

What are the three main voting systems that could replace first past the post – and how proportional are they?

Clipped on 10 May 2010

General election 2010: the ultimate results maps

8 May 2010:

Want to know how well the BNP did near you? Or where the swing against Labour was greatest? This is what you can do with the data

Clipped on 8 May 2010

Nick Clegg: wary Lib Dems add to pressure over deal with Tories

9 May 2010:

The leader of the Liberal Democrats is playing high-stakes poker as both Tories and Labour try to woo him with offers of electoral reform and cabinet seats

Clipped on 8 May 2010

Electoral reform begins at the polling station

8 May 2010:

Stephen Coleman: Let’s scrap these makeshift citadels of democracy and try again. Free coffee and 24-hour opening would be a start

Clipped on 8 May 2010

Why the Lib Dems lost their surge

8 May 2010:

Rafael Behr: When it came to immigration, the electorate just didn’t agree with Nick Clegg

Clipped on 8 May 2010

More than 20 complaints over Sky News ‘bigotgate’ coverage

6 May 2010:

Channel criticised for reporting of Gordon Brown’s remarks about Gillian Duffy, as parties’ TV broadcasts also come under fire. By Mark Sweney

Clipped on 5 May 2010

New oak tree disease could ‘change British landscape’, experts warn

29 Apr 2010:

Call for £10m to investigate mystery disease that could have a worse effect than Dutch elm

Clipped on 28 April 2010

Here be monsters

24 Apr 2010:

When the world was still being discovered, maps were not only images of power, but retained elements of the fabulous and the mythical. And – long before landscape paintings – they were displayed as works of art. Jonathan Jones goes deep into a mentality of awe and wonder

Clipped on 26 April 2010

Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda And Art

26 Jan 2010:

Opening in April 2010, Magnificent Maps showcases the British Library’s unique collection and demonstrates why maps are about far more than geography

Clipped on 26 April 2010

A memo to Nick Clegg

27 Apr 2010:

Robert Hazell: In a hung parliament, the Lib Dems could at last end the two-party system. So, Nick, here’s what you should do …

Clipped on 26 April 2010

Volcano chaos as Iceland eruption empties skies in Britain

16 Apr 2010:

Airspace from Ireland to Finland closed following eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, which sent plume of ash across flight paths

Clipped on 15 April 2010

How hunting dispute led Trevor Morse to fatal encounter with gyrocopter

18 Mar 2010:

Death followed plan to confront pilot who had followed activities of Warwickshire hunt

Clipped on 14 April 2010

Prosecution furious as armed robbery defendant pulls off a not so great escape

19 Feb 2010:

Man accused of £1.7m Heathrow warehouse raid goes on the run after walking out of court during historic jury-less trial

Clipped on 14 April 2010

The boyfriend from hell

8 Jun 2008:

Why did 13 girlfriends dump Chris Waitt? Watch his own grimly compelling documentary about his relationship failures and you’ll find out. Eva Wiseman reports

Clipped on 4 April 2010

Ordnance Survey maps are worth paying for

3 Apr 2010:

Martin Wainwright: A move to make OS maps available free online increases their convenience, but undervalues their quirky beauty

Clipped on 3 April 2010

Google to produce internet guide … in a leaflet

29 Mar 2010:

Google to print a leaflet, The Simple Guide to the Internet, as part of push to get all Britons online by the end of 2012

Clipped on 28 March 2010

Air pollution is not yesterday’s problem

23 Mar 2010:

Tim Yeo: Thousands of deaths each year result from the UK’s failure to keep air pollutants – especially from traffic – at safe levels

Clipped on 22 March 2010

The Norway town that forgave and forgot its child killers

20 Mar 2010:

In 1994, in Trondheim, five-year-old Silje Redergard was beaten to death by two little boys. Today, the girl’s family still suffers and one of the boys is in trouble again – the echoes of the Bulger case are clear. So why has the public reaction in Norway been so startlingly different?

Clipped on 20 March 2010

Simon Singh: This is goodbye

12 Mar 2010:

Being sued for libel is not only ruinously expensive, writes Simon Singh, it takes over your whole life. Which is why this will be his last column

Clipped on 12 March 2010

Jeremy Bamber did not murder his family, insists court expert

21 Feb 2010:

New evidence casts doubt on Bamber’s conviction for murdering the family that adopted him

Clipped on 21 February 2010

Ten rules for writing fiction

19 Feb 2010:

Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspire by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don’ts

Clipped on 21 February 2010

EastEnders

20 Feb 2010:

To celebrate 25 years of criminal activity, EastEnders was transmitted live, which made for tension, not clarity, writes Nancy Banks-Smith

Clipped on 21 February 2010

10 of the best: Secondhand bookshops

2 Oct 2009:

The best places to browse for books in Britain, by Anna Tims

Clipped on 8 February 2010

BAE admits guilt over corrupt arms deals

6 Feb 2010:

Arms firm pays out £300m after long-running Guardian investigation

Clipped on 6 February 2010

Why I’m taking my campaign to protect the public from pesticides to Europe

21 Jan 2010:

Georgina Downs: Britain controls pesticide use to protect animals, wildlife and the environment, but not for people. This has to change

Clipped on 25 January 2010

Lionel Shriver: My brother is eating himself to death

1 Dec 2009:

Lionel Shriver feared her older brother’s weight problem would kill him. Days after she wrote this, he died

Clipped on 24 January 2010

Jon McGregor on coroner’s courts

23 Jan 2010:

Close to half of all deaths in England and Wales are sudden, unnatural or unexplained, and referred to a coroner’s court. But what really goes on there, wondered Jon McGregor

Clipped on 23 January 2010

CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones

23 Jan 2010:

Arms manufacturer BAE Systems developing national strategy with consortium of government agencies

Clipped on 23 January 2010

Act now to save our birds

9 Jan 2010:

Birds have always been endowed with symbolic portent – from Chekhov to Hitchcock to Twitter. We ignore their decline at our peril, writes Margaret Atwood

Clipped on 9 January 2010

What we were reading

5 Dec 2009:

The world was rocked by terrorism, climate change became an emergency, celebrity culture moved from our TVs to our bookshelves, and a boy wizard held millions spellbound. Love them or hate them, these are the 50 books that defined the decade

Clipped on 4 January 2010

My favourite library is being transformed into a beacon of naffness

4 Jan 2010:

It may have been ugly, but Cambridge University Library was heaven on earth before someone decided to improve it, writes Germaine Greer

Clipped on 4 January 2010

The G2 panto: He’s behind you!

24 Dec 2009:

You know the score – poor, oppressed Cinderella, some vile sisters and a funny little bloke called Buttons. But is the Prince really that charming? And was that glass slipper ever a good idea? Welcome to G2’s Christmas panto

Clipped on 27 December 2009

Anti-terrorism police twice stopped painter near airport

19 Dec 2009:

Guardian goes painting after learning how officers confronted Liam O’Farrell while watercolouring scene near City airport

Clipped on 19 December 2009

Stephen Lawrence case pair arrested over evidence ‘withheld’ since murder

19 Dec 2009:

Former police constable and a member of Metropolitan police staff suspected of attempting to pervert the course of justice

Clipped on 19 December 2009

UK issues new guidance on labelling of food from illegal West Bank settlements

11 Dec 2009:

Stickers could read ‘Israeli settlement produce’ , but move is not a boycott, says Foreign Office

Clipped on 11 December 2009

Police routinely arresting people to get DNA, inquiry claims

24 Nov 2009:

Possibility also raised that the DNA profiles of three-quarters of young black males, aged 18 to 35, are now on the database

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How the world went dark for Sue Townsend

25 Mar 2001:

Three weeks ago Sue Townsend, author of the bestselling Adrian Mole books, was declared totally blind. In this remarkable interview with Nicci Gerrard she talks for the first time about the new world she inhabits – and her plans for a fabulous pair of dark glasses.

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What girls really think

31 Oct 2009:

Body image, bullying and cosmetic surgery – all scored highly in terms of importance for young girls today

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I live without cash – and I manage just fine

27 Oct 2009:

Armed with a caravan, solar laptop and toothpaste made from washed-up cuttlefish bones, Mark Boyle gave up using cash

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Caesarean births: high number and postcode variation worries experts

28 Oct 2009:

Section delivery accounts for third of Chelsea and Westminster trust babies, indicating ‘too posh to push’ outlook persists

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Unoccupied, unloved: London mansions left to crumble by elusive offshore owners

17 Oct 2009:

Council official despairs at total of 1m empty homes in London and across the UK

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Manchester rises from the ashes

5 Jan 2001:

United are top, City and the Halle are back from the brink, Badly Drawn Boy is top of the pops – even Lowry is fashionable again. But what about the soul of the city? Angelique Chrisafis on the rebirth of Manchester

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‘I was very unhappy, I had eczema, I wasn’t sleeping, I was smoking dope all the time … ‘

6 Sep 2009:

Alan Davies tells Rachel Cooke about the heartbreak of losing his mother and why we should all try psychotherapy

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1000 novels everyone must read: the definitive list

23 Jan 2009:

Selected by the Guardian’s Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels – no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems – from any decade and in any language. Originally published in thematic supplements – love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel – they appear here for the first time in a single list

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Oxfam shops set the pace in selling secondhand books

4 Aug 2009:

Charity is accused of taking away trade from professional booksellers

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Who is ‘organic’ meant to be better for?

30 Jul 2009:

The organic alliance appears to be unravelling. Some say the warning signs have been clear for some time

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Does Apple repair iPods or simply encourage a throwaway culture?

24 Jul 2009:

I’ve had problems with three iPods, but they seem to discourage long-term repairs

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The Northerner: Firemen in a flap as ducklings rescued

25 Jul 2009:

Electrifying news for Liverpool and Manchester rail commuters, how a Hula Hoop can be used as an engagement ring and how a neglected colliery became a park

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Sound effect: how cats exploit the human need to nurture

14 Jul 2009:

Some cats disguise cries for attention with a complex ‘solicitation’ purr triggering a sense of urgency

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Property gallery: Old and new

8 Jul 2009:

Looking for a new home? Something old, something new – Anna Tims casts an expert eye over the market

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Let’s move to … Bury St Edmunds

11 Jul 2009:

What’s it like to live in the Suffolk town where modern meets medieval?

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Snooping around: Rural, urban or renovation

11 Jul 2009:

There is riverside living from Sandwich to Venice this week

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Obama’s eye for controversy

11 Jul 2009:

Was the US president admiring a pert behind? No, he was just being a gentleman

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Got you!

10 Jul 2009:

Patrick Barkham visits Portsmouth to find out whether 20mph speed limits on residential streets will make our roads safer

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Human Shrub ambushes council into turning over new leaf

9 Jul 2009:

Weeds killed, flowers planted as ‘guerrilla gardener’ takes over Colchester’s empty rose beds and plant pots

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Snooping around: Rural, urban or renovation

4 Jul 2009:

Hadrian’s Wall and homes by the sea feature this week

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Scientists solve mystery of Scotland’s shrinking sheep

3 Jul 2009:

Shorter, milder winters caused by global warming to blame for steady decrease in size of St Kilda sheep, experts say

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How to dodge dodgy lodgers

2 Jul 2009:

Screening potential tenants can be an arduous task, as our blogger Ivy A found out

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50 best holiday cottages

28 Jun 2009:

Whatever’s on your wishlist – family-friendly or romantic, in the back of beyond or by the sea – Annabelle Thorpe and Nicola Iseard have your perfect hideaway

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What’s driving Steve Jobs?

23 Jun 2009:

Where does the news that Apple’s Steve Jobs has had a liver transplant leave the world’s coolest computer company? Ed Pilkington reports

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More harm than good?

23 Jun 2009:

Sales of antioxidant supplements are booming. But do they actually work? Justine Davies reports

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What makes summer cyclists the bane of the season?

23 Jun 2009:

Sarah Phillips: I am here to take your hatred as I out myself as a fair-weather cyclist. Ragers, what is it that makes you so mad?

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Street clutter threat to conservation areas

23 Jun 2009:

English Heritage publish list of historic sites at risk of being wrecked by over-development

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Snooping around: Rural, urban or renovation

20 Jun 2009:

There is a Balearic beauty and a country cottage in this week’s picks

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My sister, my sidekick

20 Jun 2009:

Jo Whiley is very close to her sister. Frances is passionate, spontaneous and has a huge record collection. Oh, and she has a rare genetic disorder. Sabine Durrant talks to the Radio 1 DJ and mother of four about the delight she finds in family life

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A celebration of older age

19 Jun 2009:

Joan Collins, Dennis Skinner, Honor Blackman, a 98-year-old marathon runner and others talk about their senior years

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Britain needs anger management. Not to calm the fury, but to gather its force

20 Jun 2009:

Marina Hyde: Politicians, bankers and royals have set the nation boiling with rage. There’s only one way to fix this hideous mess

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iPhone, therefore I am – Stephen Fry reviews Apple’s iPhone 3GS

20 Jun 2009:

Stephen Fry: The new 3GS version of Apple’s must-have phone is a triumph for a company already at the top of its game

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The awful strawberry and cream sausage

19 Jun 2009:

Have supermarkets truly lost the plot in their search for new products? Anyone care to come up with a worse idea for a sausage?

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Expenses: Some MPs could face criminal investigations

19 Jun 2009:

Met police and Crown Prosecution Service experts examining actions of small number of MPs in detail

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Cats outsmarted in psychologist’s test

17 Jun 2009:

Strings experiment shows limits of feline intelligence

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Ben Fogle: ‘I contracted this skin-eating disease. The doctor basically said it leads to facial mutilation’

15 Jun 2009:

The G2 interview: Decca Aitkenhead meets presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle

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In pictures: Science Museum Centenary Icons

8 Jun 2009:

To mark its centenary, curators at the Science Museum in London have selected 10 iconic inventions and discoveries

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David Mitchell: ‘I should probably be thinking seriously now about not living in a grotty flat on my own’

8 Jun 2009:

The G2 interview: David Mitchell from Channel 4’s Peep Show talks with Decca Aitkenhead

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Can fish oils really improve your mind?

19 Aug 2007:

Andrew Purvis investigates the £116 million omega-3 industry.

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The PR lessons from Neal’s Yard Remedies public debate U-turn

28 May 2009:

Neal’s Yard Remedies’ decision not to answer questions from online critics is a bad PR strategy, according to Max Clifford

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Let’s name and shame the peat offenders

28 May 2009:

Dominic Murphy calls for a complete ban on peat at RHS garden shows

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Scientists admit: we were wrong about ‘E’

7 Sep 2003:

Experts who gave a dramatic warning that ecstasy led to brain damage based their study on a huge blunder, reports health editor Jo Revill.

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Discovered: the missing link that solves a mystery of evolution

6 Apr 2006:

Scientists have made one of the most important fossil finds in history: a missing link between fish and land animals, showing how creatures first walked out of the water and on to dry land more than 375m years ago.

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Medical trials of cannabis show positive results

11 Sep 2004:

Call for further drug research on multiple sclerosis.

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Vincent Cable as Speaker could clean up MPs’ expenses mess

14 May 2009:

Michael White: Here is a rightly popular and respected public figure who has not let down his electorate or the wider watching public in the crisis

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How Britain is coming to terms with growing old

17 May 2009:

To start a new series looking at the UK’s ageing population, Tracy McVeigh reports on the best places for retired people to live

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Our man at Bilderberg: ‘You are not allowed to take pictures of policemen!’

18 May 2009:

Charlie Skelton is scared, jumpy and hacked off at the police state built around Bilderberg. So hacked off, in fact, he has asked the police to stop following him. Bad move

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US women discover they were switched at birth

15 May 2009:

Dee Ann Angell and Kay Rene Reed have managed to forge a bond 56 years after hospital’s error

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Our man at Bilderberg: I’m ready to lose control, but they’re not

16 May 2009:

Charlie Skelton feels a sudden need to apologise for the trouble he’s caused, swiftly followed by a rush of revolutionary rage against the powers that be being so, well, powerful

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Bilderberg: One mention of Sylvester McCoy and it all kicks off

14 May 2009:

Charlie Skelton is menaced by police with guns (and mirrors on sticks) in his third dispatch from (near) the Bilderberg summit of the global elite

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Ted Hughes – poet and eco warrior

12 May 2009:

Simon Armitage celebrates Ted Hughes’ environmentalism on the tenth anniversary of his death

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Labours without love

4 Apr 2009:

Review: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton
When does a job feel meaningful? Rarely, Jay Parini discovers

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The interview: Jessica Valenti

10 May 2009:

The 30-year-old feminist blogger and author who has faced death threats from online misogynists talks to Gaby Wood

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End of the road

10 May 2009:

As the Celtic Tiger roars its last, Ruaridh Nicoll reports on fear of an Exodus from Ireland

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Estate agents who tell it like it is

6 May 2009:

An estate agent’s listings have been banned because of his unconventional descriptions. Tony Levene calls for more of this free and easy talk

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Monica Sjoo

23 Sep 2005:

Obituary: A feminist artist working to glorify the goddess and the Earth

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The questionnaire

21 Oct 2000:

Alice Walker, novelist

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Travels with the kid cartographer

3 May 2009:

Review: The Selected Works of TS Spivet by Reif Larsen
In this much-hyped debut, a child genius obsessively maps his Huck Finn-like world. Along the way he loses Tim Adams

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Pen envy: why I can’t resist poring over writers’ rooms

1 May 2009:

David Barnett: A new exhibition of Eamonn McCabe’s photographs of famous writers’ rooms is manna to literary junkies – such as myself

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To have and to hold

2 May 2009:

Who needs reference books in the age of the internet? Nothing compares to whiling away the hours between hard covers, argues Jeremy Paxman, who has trawled second-hand bookshops to build up his collection

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Marilyn French

5 May 2009:

Obituary: Feminist writer and academic famed for her groundbreaking novel The Women’s Room

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Feminist and novelist Marilyn French dies, aged 79

4 May 2009:

A new novel by the author of The Women’s Room and the memoir A Season in Hell will be published posthumously

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Stephen Fry’s letter to himself: Dearest absurd child

30 Apr 2009:

Stephen Fry: You wrote in 1973 a letter to your future self and it is high time your future self had the decency to write back

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Tesco unravels toilet paper’s carbon footprint

29 Apr 2009:

Carbon labels show the footprint of each lavatorial wipe you make, writes Leo Hickman

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Gallery: extracts from Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay, Ireland guide

1 Feb 2007:

Experience some Irish hospitality on a photo tour of 20 special places to stay, all featured in our exclusive extract from Alastair Sawday’s new Ireland guide.

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I don’t want to live in a country manipulated by YouTube bullies

26 Apr 2009:

Catherine Bennett: Laugh at Gordon Brown if you must, but save us from a world dominated by smarmy, techno-savvy politicians

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Jack Straw held up his hands and police ripped up my fingerprints

23 Apr 2009:

Mark Thomas: Video: Yesterday I had my fingerprints destroyed and Jack Straw told me the expanded DNA database was all his fault

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The birthday present

22 Apr 2009:

When her husband turned 40, Charla Muller offered him guaranteed sex every night for a whole year. Could they manage it? By Stuart Jeffries

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Police delete London tourists’ photos ‘to prevent terrorism’

17 Apr 2009:

Austrian tourist who photographed bus and Tube stations says ‘nasty incident’ has put him off returning to London

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World maps: Mercator, Goode, Robinson, Peters and Hammer

17 Apr 2009:

A tour of less familiar world maps

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Why I’m never going to have another smear test

20 Apr 2009:

For women with mental health problems, learning disabilities or a history of sexual abuse, smear tests can be especially traumatic, writes Clare Allan. Why doesn’t the medical profession know this?

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Has ‘local’ become as meaningless as ‘natural’?

17 Apr 2009:

It is the latest supermarket buzz word, which is vague at best and misleading at the very worst

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The Escape guide to spring days out

12 Apr 2009:

A new book by The Ramblers brings together Britain’s top walks, as voted for by its members. Here they select their 20 favourite spring hikes

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On your bike! Why we need more women on two wheels

6 Apr 2009:

Helen Pidd: Cycling was a key part of the women’s movement liberating women from their cumbersome corsets and petticoats

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Mother courage

14 Mar 2009:

Review: The Lost Child by Julie Myerson
Forget the furore – Julie Myerson’s book is honest, affecting and noble, says Mark Lawson

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Chimp who threw stones at zoo visitors showed human trait, says scientist

9 Mar 2009:

Assembling ammunition in advance reveals ape’s unsuspected ability to plan for future

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The interview: Monty Don

8 Mar 2009:

The Gardeners’ World presenter had to give up his BBC job after a stroke. He talks to Kate Kellaway about marriage, depression – and his ambitions

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Who now can stop the slow death of Venice?

1 Mar 2009:

Tom Kington talks to locals who fear that the Queen of the Adriatic is in danger of losing her soul

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Why even the most reticent of stars will tell Kirsty Young their secrets

1 Mar 2009:

With audience figures rising, the Radio 4 presenter is having the last laugh. By Elizabeth Day

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Sunninghill Park: How it looks now

1 Mar 2009:

With its current ownership unclear, the former home of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson is in an increasing state of disrepair

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Book covers: the pictures that sell thousands of words

23 Feb 2009:

Robert McCrum: AbeBooks’s latest promotion reminds us of the great, but often forgotten contribution made by designers

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The miner and the copper

24 Feb 2009:

It was the abiding image of the 1984 coal strike, but what happened to the protagonists of Don McPhee’s photo?

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It is parents who can’t face disability on TV

24 Feb 2009:

Lucy Mangan: Complaints that the children’s presenter Cerrie Burnell is ‘scaring children’ reveal an alarming prejudice towards disability

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Institutional racism: dead or alive?

23 Feb 2009:

Michael White: You could make a decent case that class is a greater determinant of how folk are treated or get on in life than race, gender or disability

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Thanks for the philanthropy, billionaires. Now pay your tax

21 Feb 2009:

Marina Hyde: Stanford epitomises the uber-rich who hid behind a fig-leaf of charity while avoiding their dues and helping banks to collapse

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The circus master

21 Feb 2009:

Stephen Moss talks to Max Clifford about Jade Goody, Alfie the ‘baby-faced’ dad, and an extraordinary career

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Surveillance: the next generation

19 Feb 2009:

Michael Pollitt: How can you get CCTV cameras to recognise patterns of behaviour and prevent serious crimes?

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Greenwash: High price for greener bus travel

19 Feb 2009:

Efforts by Stagecoach to green its bus services mean nothing unless it slashes the prices and runs its buses at full capacity, writes Fred Pearce

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Back to B&B basics in Cornwall

17 Feb 2009:

Get away from ‘cool Cornwall’ and find real country charm at one of these deliciously laidback guesthouses

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Defying Darwin

17 Feb 2009:

The fundamental ideas behind the theory of evolution have been scientific gospel for decades – and yet creationists refuse to go the way of the dinosaurs. Who exactly are they? And just what do they believe? Stephen Moss reports

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The mess we’re in

12 Feb 2009:

Jon Henley reports from the frontline of Britain’s dog poo wars

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Too much of a mouthful

5 Feb 2009:

When does a generous portion become an enormous, unmanageable nightmare?

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Was there a plot to murder Meredith?

5 Feb 2009:

John Hooper on the six key questions in the Meredith Kercher trial

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Choosing 1000 novels to read before you die

23 Jan 2009:

We didn’t want a list of ‘greatest novels’, or a list of ‘favourite novels’, but what have we left off our list of 1000 novels everyone must read?

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Why I’m hen-pecking Tesco

26 Jan 2009:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: I like to cook and eat a real chicken, not the bland product of grim poultry sheds, but we need all the supermarkets on board

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Google plans to make PCs history

25 Jan 2009:

Industry critics warn of danger in giving internet leader more control over users’ private data

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Past lives: 1911 census goes online

13 Jan 2009:

Records document women’s struggle to get the vote and lift lid on on celebrity ancestors

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EU parliament votes by sweeping majority to ban farm pesticides

13 Jan 2009:

British government opposed EU measures which may put carrots, cereals, potatoes and onions at risk

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George Monbiot meets … Shaun Spiers

18 Dec 2008:

Britain’s leading green commentator, George Monbiot, gives the head of the Campaign to Protect Rural England an unforgettable grilling, asking why the countryside watchdog opposes windfarms – but not opencast coal mines

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Aurora borealis

20 Dec 2008:

The breathtaking formations of the northern lights twisting and shading the sky over the highway at Tombstone Mountain lookout, Yukon, Canada, this week

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So is this really the great new idea – saving the gas-guzzler?

21 Dec 2008:

Catherine Bennett: A public bail-out of Jaguar Land Rover would have nothing to do with rationality, fairness or morality

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The verdict so far

9 Dec 2008:

How good a mayor of London is Boris Johnson turning out to be? Andy Beckett investigates

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Whatever you do, don’t panic

29 Nov 2008:

Oliver Burkeman introduces six unpublished 999 transcripts, where the drama of an emergency call unfolds

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Are we just masochists?

28 Oct 2008:

Hannah Betts: Women cast off their corsets long ago so why do women continue to torture themselves with high heels?

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Web journals ‘narrowing study’

28 Oct 2008:

Online publishing reduces academic research to little more than a ‘popularity contest’, critics warn. Linda Nordling reports

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500 places to see before they die

26 Oct 2008:

A new guide book for travellers details the sites most at risk from developers and climate change

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Biting back at Oliver’s empire

21 Oct 2008:

Councils are buying into TV chef Jamie Oliver’s big ideas, but some people find them hard to swallow. By Helen Pidd

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Pet theories

21 Oct 2008:

American researchers have discovered that owning a pet can significantly reduce your risk of a common cancer. And that’s not all, says Emine Saner

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No more Mr Nice Guy

19 Oct 2008:

Interview: Since he became Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has shed his buffoon image and discovered a new dedication to work. The key, he tells Lynn Barber, is overcoming the need to be liked

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Morning has broken me

17 Oct 2008:

Why don’t ‘evening people’ get more credit, asks Alice Wignall

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Spelling, punctuation and grammar – the vigilante approach

16 Oct 2008:

Jo Clarke explains why she’s backing a new drive to improve Britain’s jumbled collection of public signs

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No-frills boss who keeps one foot on the ground

10 Oct 2008:

Interview: He has made Ryanair into a bigger airline than BA. Now Michael O’Leary is looking to profit from the crisis in aviation

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Shoppers lose their taste for organic food

29 Aug 2008:

Farmers fear for future as decline in demand for organic food grows at fastest rate for 10 years

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Water wars

23 Aug 2008:

Bottled water sales are running out of steam, and we are falling back in love with our taps. But which is better for you? Elizabeth Royte investigates

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How safe is your area? Met police launch electronic crime mapping trial

15 Aug 2008:

The Metropolitan police force has introduced its first trial crime map showing burglary, robbery and vehicle crime for the whole of London. By Jemima Kiss

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Madonna at 50

30 Jul 2008:

Can you handle a picture for every year Madonna’s been alive? We reckon you probably can … especially when they involve some ‘challenging’ high kicks

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Computer security: Snapshots of our secret lives

14 Aug 2008:

Pete Warren explains how a forensic specialist can recover revealing personal data from your hard drive even after you think you’ve deleted it

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Kids need the adventure of ‘risky’ play

3 Aug 2008:

A major study says parents harm their children’s development if they ban tree-climbing or conkers

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The real thing. Or is it?

28 Jul 2006:

In a kitchen in the south of England, two women are devising a recipe that could change the world. James Flint reports.

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‘I have no ambition left’

4 Aug 2008:

Julie Burchill tells Ben Dowell about being sacked from the Times and that the fee to serialise her book in the Mail was barely enough for a weekend’s martinis

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The great leap forward

23 Jul 2008:

After years of covering the arts in print, Charlotte Higgins is taking on the challenge of becoming a full-time blogger

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Why does Channel 4 seem to be waging a war against the greens?

22 Jul 2008:

Channel 4 has shown a fierce antagonism towards environmentalism, writes George Monbiot

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I’m not one to reinforce established gender stereotypes, but T loves toy cars just as much as he loves his parents

18 Jul 2008:

Zoe Williams finds out whether girls are indeed better than boys

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Economic conditions ‘could see rise in crime rates’

17 Jul 2008:

The credit crunch threatens to bring to an end the longest recorded period of falling crime in living memory in England and Wales, Home Office criminologists said today

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‘We know the reality of childbirth’

11 Jul 2008:

Bridget O’Donnell asks why many female obstetricians opt for a caesarean

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Waste not …

8 Jul 2008:

The government wants us to cut back on food waste, but how can we break our habit? Laura Barton and Jon Henley ask the experts for tips

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‘If I didn’t have this house to look after, then I’d be well off’

8 Jul 2008:

Like many stately home owners, Sir Richard Fitzherbert sees himself as a custodian of our historic heritage and believes he should be rewarded with bigger tax breaks. Could he have a point? Jon Henley reports

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Home-grown veg ruined by toxic herbicide

29 Jun 2008:

Caroline Davies reports on how the food chain became contaminated and talks to the angry allotment owners whose plots have been destroyed

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Developers accused of pursuing gadgetry instead of saving planet

31 May 2008:

Architects and developers are ignoring the threat of climate change, says government watchdog

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Sex and bling: Klimt opens in Liverpool

29 May 2008:

First comprehensive exhibition of the decadent artist’s work ever staged in the UK

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RIP Daddy, I’ll miss you.

Posy of white flowers

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ethics girl has been ranting again!

Can I stop a farmer spraying pesticides close to my home?

Oh, I wish! Unfortunately, residents near pesticide-sprayed fields don’t even have a legal right to be informed of when spraying will occur, which would help them avoid exposure. The above article in the Guardian has generated much discussion about the topic, and I have made a couple of comments about my own situation.

Pesticides are highly-toxic, otherwise they would not be effective. Despite medical evidence of the effects in humans, people still claim that they are harmless. In addition to being toxic individually, untested mixtures of pesticides are sprayed into the natural environment. Then, these untested mixtures combine in the environment with whatever other combination neighbouring farmers spray, with devastating effects.

The regulations and guidelines on pesticides are inadequate to protect nearby residents. Georgina Downs has been running the UK Pesticides Campaign single-handedly for many years, fighting for the rights of residents living near crop fields. In 2008, Georgina Downs won her case in the High Court: it ruled that the Government’s policy was unlawful, because residents are considered ‘by-standers’, yet residents suffer repeated exposures, possibly over many years, rather than the one-off chance exposure a passer-by might experience. The Government appealed and the ruling Georgina Downs fought so hard for was over-ruled the following year, a devastating outcome for all those hoping to get the right to protection from these toxins.

Partly as a result of Georgina Downs’ campaign, the Government consulted in 2010 on how new EU legislation should be enacted in the UK. The outcome of DEFRA’s consultation was to ‘maintain the status quo’, thus the Government continues to contravene EU legislation, and residents near sprayed crop fields still have no right to know when spraying will occur, or what is sprayed. Georgina is now taking the case to the European courts. See the UK Pesticides Campaign website for more details.

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“Be prepared for an outrage”

“Charging huge rents for scout premises is depriving children of a chance to learn”

Victoria Coren says it all much better than I could, so I will leave it to her:

Guardian article: Be prepared for an outrage

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Devastation and Responsibility

On Channel 4 News on Sunday, Jon Snow’s piece was moving and poetic, and the true impact of the disasters in Japan remains incomprehensible and seems to be worsening every day.

Like another poster on his blog, I was surprised to hear Jon Snow say something, on Sunday’s Channel 4 News, along the lines of the earthquake and tsunami have ‘changed the natural order of things’. Actually, earthquakes and tsunami are the natural order of things – they are nature in its rawest form.

It is ‘civilisation’ (through which we are increasingly removed from our natural roots) that has allowed humans to over-populate the earth, to such an extent that we have to take incredible risks with our lives and the future of the planet. For example, building nuclear power plants is bad enough, but it defies belief to build them in earthquake zones, just to feed our ever-increasing demand for energy – to heat bigger homes, and make and use (ie ‘play with’) more and more stuff, etc.

It reminds me of the billboard: “You are not IN traffic, you ARE traffic” – in other words, everyone in a car is partially responsible for the traffic and pollution they complain about. Likewise, we (ie all of us who are not completely self-sufficient, including ‘off-grid’) are all partially responsible for the huge demand for energy that necessitates diverse, polluting and extremely hazardous methods of generating electricity and otherwise harnessing the power of the earth. We can all have an impact in reducing that demand, thereby reducing the risks to ourselves in generating energy, which is especially important when there is so much pressure on this finite resource and greater need for sustainable methods of generating it.

While we can’t prevent earthquakes, we can all play a part (wherever we are around the world), in reducing their impacts by, for example, reducing global demand for energy (and the raw materials required) by using it more responsibly.

Edit: This post is an extended version of my comment on Jon Snow’s blog post “Japan: loss of life, devastation of homes, unimaginable grief“.

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Valentine’s Day

This is the first Valentine’s card Stuart sent me.

The Kiss, Auguste Rodin

At the time, of course, it seemed the perfect Valentine’s card, I loved it and it’s been on the wall ever since. Today, it just makes me think:

“Oh! what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive.”
Sir Walter Scott

The agonising irony is that Stuart wasn’t at all bothered about any physical aspect to our relationship after a while. In fact, he frequently actively rejected a touch, or a kiss, which was very hurtful. ‘The Kiss’ a very misleading card for him to have sent.

I really wish he had meant it.

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Despair, depths of

Just home from shopping and started crying again. Quite often, I want to write on here about how I’m feeling, but wonder if dwelling on it (even more) by writing about it would make it worse (and prolong the agony), and I don’t want to give him the satisfaction of knowing that he is still having such a profound effect on me. What the hell, maybe he’s not reading it, anyway – why would he be? He refused to reply to any of my communications (password is my date of birth as DDMMYYYY) for several months, and when he did, it was terse, monosyllabic and devoid of emotion – same as usual, really; obtuse, probably, ie lacking perception, not observant or sensitive (where emotions are concerned, anyway).

The lack of communication, and the nature of the messages I have received from him, are all that’s needed to prove that we should remain apart. He doesn’t ‘do’ emotion, and wanted me to exist in an emotional vacuum, too. It was impossible for me to do that. On the rare occasions I had the courage to tell him I love him, it was met with a deathly silence – no response whatsoever, words or actions, which really worried me – how can he be so cold and callous?

Bearing in mind these obvious signs that we are incompatible, why am I so frequently overwhelmed by deep and intense emotion for him. I try to carry on with life as normal and it’s fine for a while; he’s often in my thoughts and I can handle that. Then, all of a sudden, one day (like today) I’ll be overcome by strong feelings for him and end up crying because I love him and miss him so much. Right now, I just want him back. I need him here, I want us to sort things out.

It is extremely frustrating to be denied the opportunity to discuss things with him – regardless of whether or not it would lead to reconcilliation. We need to talk about the problems we had. How else can we learn from this and move on? Oh, the FRUSTRATION! I have been going round in circles analysing everything over and over for six months and never coming to any conclusions because I cannot second guess his opinion – he made sure that I never understood him. He resolutely refused to express himself, all conversation with him was based on facts – or, quite often, his opinion presented as fact. We never had any meaningful discussion about our relationship, and I was expected to repress my emotions as he did his. Inevitably, this led to emotional outbursts from me, which he really couldn’t handle.

On top of this, the inequalities and injustices in our relationship (eg, his needs and wants would almost always ride roughshod over mine) made me really angry. I was constantly having to defend myself and fight my corner, having to justify my rights (to be respected, for my home to be respected, etc). It’s bad enough having to fight for your rights, but to have to fight for them in a relationship with someone who professes to care for you, and to have to use loads of energy trying to justify yourself to this person when you’re ill with CFS/ME (and have been for several years) is shocking, deeply unjust and very aggravating indeed. (It is hard to find appropriate words to describe this, it’s just so obviously WRONG.)

He often accused me of being violent and aggressive. I was not and am not violent or aggressive. However, I was angry and frustrated because my pleas for equality, fairness and respect in our relationship were easily forgotten in favour of his self-obsessed, single-minded focus on what he wanted, to the exclusion of everything else. He seemed to think that treating me well occasionally (a smattering of affection, a small gift here and there, dinner cooked for me – all of which I very much appreciated, demonstrably so) gave him the right to disregard and disrespect me the rest of the time.

We had a lot of fun together, and many happy times. I loved to join him on trips to Rochdale looking at archaeology, and help him with maps for the project to discover and record the archaeology and heritage in the area, helping him set up Salford Hundred Heritage Society. We enjoyed lots of the same things, and we had things we did independently, too (for me it was family history, for him it was robotics and his invention). I supported him in everything he did, because it was important to him; unfortunately, some of the things I most enjoyed were met with derision and ridicule from him. Obviously, this upset me very much, undermined my confidence a lot, and led me to (mistakenly) allow some dreams to fade in the distance. One day, I hope I’ll have the energy to recapture them.

Some of the problems we had could have been much diluted if we had not been together twenty-four hours a day in the same tiny house. He needs his own space (and a lot of it) for all his stuff, which (if he had that space) could be as messy as he liked. However, when two people are sharing a very small space, things have to be kept tidy, for the sanity of all concerned.

The concept of tidiness seemed to elude him where my house was concerned, yet when he could have been coming home from college for Easter holiday, he prevaricated because he was cleaning and tidying, doing his washing, sorting out his clothes!! That was really insulting – he wouldn’t clean and tidy here, but seemed to delight in delaying his return home so that he could clean and tidy his student room. The last straw was a week later, when he basically said that he couldn’t be bothered with the relationship because he will never be able to meet my standards of tidiness! That is SO not the point – the problem for me was the injustice and unfairness – he didn’t bother with keeping his stuff tidy in my house, but would go to great pains to do so in his room at college, at the expense of our time together (which was precious because it was severely limited once he went to university in Sunderland).

Oh, how it broke my heart to leave him in that godforsaken place. It was such a dump, the city centre was so grey and dull, extremely uninspiring. In September this year, there was a big leap, from being apart five months, to feeling like we’d been apart for a year because in September last year I had to leave him in Sunderland, where he was going to do a PGCE. On Friday 11th September 2009, we went to Rochdale, then on to Sunderland on Saturday 12th. Sunday 13th was awful. I’d told him when I planned to leave – I needed to be in Scunthorpe (ha ha, what a thrilling weekend it was) before dark because my eyes aren’t so good for night driving. However, he had other plans. Rather than say ‘please stay a bit longer’, or have a discussion about it, he dismissed my needs and made the executive decision for us to trail around university campuses, on a Sunday before the start of term, and he was surprised to find nobody around.

Then he wanted to find somewhere nice to eat – in Sunderland? Don’t make me laugh – the place is a ducking fump. Sunderland doesn’t do nice places to eat: it has a Gregg’s on every corner, and McDonald’s in between. Besides, my appetite really wasn’t up to much – I was about to leave him behind and not see him for weeks. All I wanted was to spend the time we had relaxing together. He didn’t bother to ask what I wanted, he decided what he wanted and was going to do that regardless. So, after a couple of hours of fruitless and very stressful driving around a strange city, we went to the corner shop to get stuff we could eat back at the flat (without anything to cook with or on, or eat off, because none of this was provided in the student accommodation). After eating, we both set off in the car, I dropped him off near town, we said our goodbyes and I continued on towards Scunthorpe.

It was another ten weeks or so before we saw each other again. In between, I tried to give him all the help and encouragement I could. It was really hard to stay positive because sometimes the only contact I had from him for several days was a cold and bleak ‘goodnight’ each evening. How is that supposed to maintain a relationship? Things were very difficult and stressful for him, I know that. He absolutely hated his first term there. I did everything I could to help, and it seemed reasonable to want to hear more from him than one word a day. I remember November being a really bad time, various misunderstandings, compounded by repeated communication failures. Christmas wasn’t great either, until the last two days of his time here. He was back here for a weekend in January and February, when things were great for both of us. I was really pleased he had decided to come home more often, and things were really looking (and feeling) brilliant. Then he came back for Easter, or that was the plan, but because he decided to behave like a petulant child, he didn’t turn up until Sunday (Easter Day) afternoon. Sadly, we only managed to spend half the holiday together before he packed all his stuff and left. We had one good day together, the rest of the time he was totally focussed on his wants, completely disregarded my needs (unless they happened to coincide with his own), and refused to acknowledge that this was a problem or that he should apologise for his mistake. He seemed to think that shoving pie in my face would suffice as recompense, and was surprised when that didn’t work! All I needed was him to say… SORRY, and mean it, and to learn from the situation.

In all my analysis and re-analysis of events, I have thought of all the different times I could have changed the course of events, instead of stubbornly waiting for him to realise what was needed. I wish I could turn the clock back and do things differently. The end of our relationship is not the outcome I wanted, and I would do anything to understand what I need to do to put things right. Still, after all that has gone on, I want him to come back. I love him. Although he doesn’t appear to deserve or want my love, so I don’t understand why my heart is still ruling my head. I have tried to move on, but it is impossible to completely shut away all my feelings – emotions being repressed rather than expressed is part of the problem, it cannot also be the solution.

As far as I can see, the main problem was lack of communication, so the solution is clearly to communicate openly and honestly so that we can better understand each other, and ourselves, then we can move on.

So, my diatribe comes to an end, at last! What is the point, I ask myself. Who am I saying this to? Contrary to my introductory paragraph, I want Stuart to read and understand this. However, I fear it will sink into the ether and probably never be read, much less understood, by anyone, let alone my heart’s desire. Or will it…?

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